Highly Commended Learning Professional: Kirsten Hume

We are delighted to introduce you to one of our 2017 Highly Commended Learning Professionals, Kirsten Hume!

Kirsten is the Principal Teacher of English and Literacy at Kirkcaldy High School in Fife and has created a real buzz around books and reading amongst the pupils.

Kirsten has been involved in so many projects that we can’t mention them all, but here are a few highlights. Kirsten:

  • Organised a shared reading project, pairing S3 reluctant readers with local primary schools, which helped to grow their confidence and literacy skills
  • Held a Literacy Engagement Session for S1 parents to equip them with strategies to support their children’s reading at this critical stage
  • Collaborated with Creative Scotland and Matthew Fitt on a project celebrating the Scots language for Roald Dahl Day

Alongside these projects, Kirsten works with colleagues across the school to promote reading and writing in their own subject areas, creating an impressive whole school reading culture!

Feedback from pupils

These words from the pupils at Kirkcaldy High School about the shared reading project that Kirsten organised shows the great impact that she has made:

“I like talking to the primary children and I thought it was good for me as it taught me not be scared when I am reading out loud.” 

“I learnt how to read better and my confidence grew. I enjoyed working with the young children.”

“It was a fun project and enjoyable. I liked reading to a big group of children as it boosted my confidence.” 

More Inspiration

You can find out more about inspiring learning professionals working in Scotland by reading about our 2017 winner Susan Morton, or our other highly commended learning professionals: Lindsey Barley and Catherine Ann Campbell.

Nominate your 2018 winner

We believe that the work being done by teachers and librarians across Scotland to inspire children and young people to read for pleasure is worth celebrating, which is why we created this award.

Kirsten was nominated by her colleagues at Kirkcaldy High School who recognised the amazing difference she had made to the profile of reading at the school. Have you or one of your colleagues inspired children and young people to read for pleasure? We would love to hear about it.

Nominations for the 2018 Learning Professional Award are now open, and you have until 22 November 2017 to nominate yourself or a colleague to win. Find out more here.